Corona Virus Stress and Distress Relief: An Offer For NHS And Care Home Staff

If you are working on the ‘frontline’ in NHS or care homes during the corona virus pandemic you don’t need me to tell you how hard it is.

You have probably seen things you would rather not have seen, heard things you would rather not have heard and felt things you would have preferred not to feel. It wouldn’t be surprising if you took those memories home with you and, however much you tried, they came back into your mind bringing all their stress and distress with them.

As well as coping with your own distress you may need to cope with the distress of patients and their families and maybe even your colleagues.

Depending on the role you have, you may know exactly what the corona virus is like and what it can do to people. Sometimes you will know how little you can do to help them.

I’m not there, so I can’t really imagine how scary this might be for you.

You may be scared for yourself, your colleagues, your family and friends. Not only do you have to cope with your own fears and anxieties you have to deal with their anxieties for you. That’s more stress and distress to deal with.

You may feel anger about how the ‘powers that be’ are making things worse and you might feel grief for the family, friends and colleagues you have lost.

There are probably a lot of other things that prey on your mind, batter your emotions and wear you out.

You may have your own ways of coping with all this stress and distress.

I’d like to offer you another stress relief strategy that could help you cope. It’s easy to learn and it’s free.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) / AKA Tapping

You may have heard about EFT/Tapping. It involves tapping on acupuncture points with your finger tips to relieve stress and distress. You can find out more about EFT/Tapping here.

If you have not had any experience of it, it probably looks and sounds unusual. However EFT has been the subject of a lot of research and is now being researched by NICE as a treatment protocol for PTSD.

Here is some of the research that has been done on using EFT for PTSD and anxiety:

If you are in the NHS or a care home setting working with corona virus patients I’d like to offer you free sessions to help you relieve the stress and distress of your work and show you how to use these techniques for yourself.

This offer is open to you whether you are a consultant or a cleaner, a nurse practitioner or a porter, a junior doctor or a health care assistant. If your work is at the sharp end of the pandemic I’d like to offer what help I can.

I’ve been in private practice as a psychological therapist for 20 years, I’ve been using and offering training in EFT since 2004. I’m a member of two professional organisations (and on the ethics board of one).

The sessions I am offering are for helping you let go of some of the stress and distress of what you are experiencing and to teach you how to use these simple processes for yourself.

Please note:

  • These sessions are NOT counselling or psychotherapy.
  • The hour long sessions will be online using the Zoom platform.
  • I have capacity for up to 12 free hour long sessions every week.
  • These strictly confidential sessions are offered from my private practice, I have no links or contract with the NHS. The fact that you are seeing me and the content of our sessions will not be in a report to your employer / manager.

If you would like to find out more and whether these sessions would be helpful to you, drop me a line using the form below and we can arrange a short telephone conversation to see if this might be helpful to you.

I hope this offer can help in some small way. I have no useful medical experience and I wouldn’t even be able to sew you a set of scrubs, but I do know how to help people let go of stress and distress and I’d be honoured to help in that way.

Thank you for doing the wonderful and difficult work you are having to do.

Sincerely,

Andy Hunt

If you are would like to know more about this offer please get in touch.

EFT Cafe – Stress Prevention – March 10th 2020

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It’s common to talk about EFT/Tapping for stress relief: have a difficult experience, feel bad, tap on those feelings to feel better.

Usually people (even experienced tappers) have to feel really bad before they think of tapping for stress relief.

Rather than wait to feel bad before tapping wouldn’t it be better to reduce your stress response before the experience so you could be calm when the stressful situation happens.

In this month’s EFT Cafe Andy Hunt will introduce some approaches to help you be in the ‘eye of the storm’ when it comes, rather than being blown about by it.

This month’s EFT Cafe is on Tuesday, 10th March 2020 at St Oswald’s Hospice Teaching Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.

EFT Cafe – ‘Ericksonian Tapping’ – 12th February 2020

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What would you get if you crossed Ericksonian hypnotherapy with tapping?

One of the things you might get is the ‘Process Instructions Technique’, created by expert tapper Gene Monterastelli.

This is a simple way of combining tapping and the power of the unconscious mind to come up with new solutions and perspectives on our problems and outcomes. No swinging pocket watches or trances required.

To find out more join me at St Oswald’s Hospice Education Centre next Wednesday at 7pm.

EFT Cafe – Tapping Into Outcomes – 8th January 2020

It’s easy to get caught up in problems. Problems are magnetic, they occupy our thoughts and we can spend a lot of time tapping to ‘solve’ our problems.

Although we may be experts on our problems we often don’t give much time thinking about what we want instead.

What we want instead are sometimes called our ‘outcomes’.

In this month’s EFT Cafe Andy Hunt will explore how to choose our outcomes and how to use tapping to helps us achieve our outcomes.

The EFT Cafe is at 7pm on Wednesday 8th January at St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne and costs £10.

EFT Cafe – Tapping Into Self Compassion – 11th December 2019

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Many of us consider compassion towards others to be a great virtue.

We may go out of our way to be kind to others in their time of need.

However, many of us are not good at being compassionate towards ourselves.

Quite the contrary, we can often treat ourselves in ways that we would never dream of treating others.

Somehow everyone else but us is eligible for our compassion.

This is unfortunate because self-compassion has been shown to be hugely beneficial for our emotional well-being.

In this month’s EFT Cafe Andy Hunt will be presenting a new and improved version of his Compassionate EFT tapping approach to help us be a little kinder to ourselves – especially over such a high stress holiday.

The EFT Cafe is at 7pm on Wednesday 11th December at St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne and costs £10.

EFT Cafe – Tapping To Get Going – 13th November 2019

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Well begun is half done

A lot of us have trouble getting started on a task or project: writing the article, starting the exercise program or doing the ironing all need to get started started.

Once we have started it’s often easy to make progress, but getting started can be very hard.

It’s easy to avoid the taking the first step.

In this month’s EFT Cafe Andy Hunt will introduce the Stunt Double Process as a precise approach to help us take the first step of any endeavour (and the next).

The EFT Cafe is at 7pm on Wednesday 13th November at St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne

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